if i had to give the blood donation experience a rating, 1 being omgwtfbloodyhell and 10 being easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, i would give it a 7.5
the first step was the assessment by the doctor, who pointed out that my left vein was suitable for donation. and then it came to filling out a long long long form mostly about my (nonexistent) sex life and various other issues like whether i had a hep B jab or stayed in UK before, etc.
after that i had to enter a screened station to be asked the same questions all over again by a doctor who talked like she was about to tell me a big secret. and she took my blood pressure and told me to drink water because it was rather low.
lol so i stood there and gulped down a whole cup of free water, and trying to stall the process of blood donation at the same time.
later on was a nerve-wrecking process of having my fourth finger pricked by this stapler looking thing, to assess my haemoglobin levels in the small sample of blood collected. but that was just the beginning of what was to come after, really.
soon after i had to plop myself on one of the scary looking reclined chairs and await the horror of the hugeshit needle. the nurses who attended to me decided that my right vein was more prominent, so i switched seats to the one next to matin, haha which was a huge relief considering how bloody nervous i was (pun intended).
and after what seemed like 2938572095 hours of the nurses prodding away at my vein, they finally stuck the needle in. and it was like 3 seconds of antbite-ish pain. i closed my eyes the whole way through. and when i opened them, i didnt see any tubes attached to my arm. it was then that i realised, haha, that she only injected local anaesthesia.
so technically, the minute pain didnt come from the hugeshit needle. hahaha
well when she poked the hugeshit needle in, i was already trembling with nervousness. and contrary to what rachel told me 5 mins before i sat on that deathchair, i could feel the pain from the needle. the pain was twice the pain of an antbite, but shorter the amount of time taken in the previous jab. it was also surprisingly tolerable. haha phew to that.
lol and they made me squeeze a little blooddrop stressball, so that my blood would flow out faster.
and the pack of 450ml bloody blood, that looks rather black for blood. haha but i assure you, it wasnt just mine that was this colour.
the awesome cool bandage that was the fashion statement of the day
i got rather nauseous after that, even after taking the iron tablets. luckily it only lasted for 2 hours. otherwise i wouldve been hobbling around at nafa for restless later in the day.
well, speaking of restless. it was simply awesome!!! unfortunately, there would always be the overload of people dressing to impress. one of whom looked like a rotten round cabbage sitting on the racks at ntuc, while another looked more like she was attending a playboy penthouse party than a school concert. i had to wash my eyes thoroughly with dettol when i got home after that.
and because i am quite tired from recounting my blood donation experience, i shall leave you with camwhore pictures of restless.
the (beautiful melinda) and i
ok my shutter speed sucks, i know. haha
glittery vivian! the star of the night
and cassy’s attempts to look taller than renard in her 3 inch heels
and she finally did, with the help of melinda
(sexy cassy) and me
and you get a rose even if you werent in the concert, lol
hahahaha and finally,
a nice group picture to round off the night
notice how part of this picture is remarkably similar to a part of da vinci’s the last supper, where there is a distinct chalice shape, symbolic of i cant remember what. lol!